Bipolar and depression support group meets tonight |

Bipolar and depression support group meets tonight

People living with depression or mood disorders have been gathering in western Nevada County to support each other since November of last year.

The local affiliate of the national Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance meets again from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today at the Outpatient Center of Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, Conference Room 120 – 130.

The group meets the second Monday of each month for confidential, peer-to-peer self-help and educational meetings. On May 14, the group has scheduled a quarterly educational meeting with Don Hilty, M.D. On June 11, there will be a regular support group meeting.

A board of directors has formed of people who have contributed many volunteer hours to develop and build the group. Other volunteers have assisted in getting out flyers. The chapter secretary has submitted all necessary paperwork to national headquarters to enable the group to become a non-profit organization.

DBSA support groups are open to adults diagnosed with a mood disorder and also to adult friends and family members of anyone who is diagnosed. People who think they might have depression or bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression) also are welcome.

The groups are not run by professionals, although Dr. Eric Rubinstein serves as the group’s professional advisor.

DBSA is the nation’s leading patient-directed organization focusing on the most prevalent mental illnesses ” depression and bipolar disorder. The organization has more than 400 independent local chapters that operate more than 1,000 self-help support groups around the United States.

For more information, contact Abigail Weissman at 274-8400 or visit


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